University of Maryland Extension (UME) reaches all parts of Maryland with an office in every county and Baltimore City. Find out what your Land Grant University has accomplished in communities, businesses and agriculture with program highlights in education and outreach areas.
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In 2013, a new strategic planning process was undertaken to develop a five year Strategic Plan. Building on University of Maryland Extension's strong programmatic foundation, the UME Strategic Planning Committee conducted extensive data collection in 2013 that reached out to stakeholders. Based on the data, specific goals, objectives, and strategies in four major areas were identified: Identity, Innovation, Infrastructure, Marketing & Visibility.
The programmatic foundation for the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan builds on the four impact areas from the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan: Agriculture and Food Systems, Environment and Natural Resources, Healthy Living, and Resilient Communities and Youth Development. These impact areas are a broad-based method of dividing the critical needs identified by the planning process into manageable units. Key outcomes are the goals within each impact area.
Impact leadership teams consist of field-based Extension Educators, Extension Specialists, and Faculty Extension Assistants who work together to provide overall statewide leadership for programmatic efforts. These teams are responsible for collectively achieving the goals, measuring the impacts using suitable evaluation methods and tools, and reporting findings to stakeholders. Impact leadership teams, across the major programmatic initiatives, develop signature programs that are replicable, measurable, and recognized at the state and national levels.